No respite from heavy rain

A view of flooded Kukke Subrahmanya.

Heavy rain has affected various taluks paralyzing normal life in Dakshina Kannada district.

Due to heavy flood, Sri Sahasralingeshwara Temple at Uppinangady submerged in floodwater in the Nethravathi-Kumaradhara confluence, for the second time in the week on Thursday. The floodwater has also entered Venkataramana Temple, Central Juma Masjid and Gram Panchayat office.

Agricultural fields at Nettibailu and Kudpelu areas near Kumaradhara bridge are inundated. Farms at Nekkiladi, Ilanthila and Daddu are waterlogged due to the overflowing of  Nethravathi and Kumaradhara rivers. The highway at Udane is submerged resulting in half-a-day long traffic logjam.

Kukke Subramanya, the abode of Lord Subrahmanya in Sullia taluk, has become an island due to heavy flood.

Bagina was offered to Kumaradhara river by Kukke Subrahmanya Temple Administrative Committee. Prayers were also offered, seeking protection from the flood. A prayer was also offered at the temple for the well-being of the people.

Temple Chief Executive Officer H M Ravindra, Managing Committee Chairman Nityananda Mundodi and Shivarama Rai were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, several houses at Halegetu area, on the banks of River Nethravathi, have been submerged. Hotels, shops and other buildings are waterlogged in Anjala, Kootelu and Nattibailu.

Sri Samputa Narasimha Swamy Subrahmanya Mutt has extended help to the flood-hit families by supplying necessary items such as food, groceries, clothes and so on, through the boat, to the people on the other bank of Kumaradhara river.

The ancient Subrahmanyeshwara Temple in Kudmaru in Puttur taluk submerged on Thursday.

Some valuable items and important documents have been shifted. The protective wall of the temple is inundated. The floodwater has entered the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. The sacred well of the temple on in the verge of collapse.

Temple Managing Trustee Praveen Kumar Kadenji said the people in the region have not come across a flood of such high intensity earlier. It has been decided not to open the temple till the floods recede, he added.

Floodwater has reached the brim of the new bridge at Shantimogru, built across River Kumaradhara.

A house belonging to Subbanna Das at Chennavara in Palthadi village has been damaged as a protective wall closer to the house has collapsed.

Puchattaru road in Kaniyuru village is submerged and the movement of vehicles has been stopped. The Baitadka bridge nearby is also inundated.

The Mani-Mysuru state highway near Aramburu has submerged obstructing the movement of vehicles. The people, held up on the road for several hours, were rescued by the firefighting and emergency personnel. Road connectivity from Kasargod to Sullia is feared to be cut following floods in Payaswini stream. If the rain continues, the road will be totally inundated.

Many houses on the banks of River Nethravathi in Bantwal are inundated. Gruel centres have been opened at Panemangaluru, Navooru and Bantwal Inspection Bungalow.

People in low-lying areas are vacating their houses. Houses and other establishments in Jakribettu, Rayarachavadi, Baddakatte, Navooru, Bastipadpu, Kanchukarapete, Bhandaribettu, Brahmarakootlu, Tumbe, Panemangaluru, Aladka, Akkarangadi, Jainarapete, Goodinabali, Nandavara, Kaikunje and Nandarabettu are waterlogged. Twenty-one families in Aladka and Navoor have been shifted to safer locations.

Houses are damaged in Kallige, Chennaitthodi, Veerakambha, Netlapadnuru and other areas.

Floodwater has also entered Tirumala Sri Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Mahalingeshwara Temple, Hanumantha Temple, Bastipadpu Jain Basadi, Juma Masjid, Bantwal fire station and Hindu crematorium at Babbukatte.

Alarming calls are given to people through sirens at AMR mini hydel project in Shambur from Thursday morning, once in three hours.

The old Thumbe dam is totally inundated and the water level has reached up to 8.80 metre in the 11-metre high new dam.

In Mangaluru, trees fell on the road near Government College in Balmatta, SP’s office in Pandeshwar and Canara High School, Urwa, following heavy rain and gusty winds on Thursday.

An average rainfall of 101.7 mm has been recorded in the district. There has been a rainfall of 148.1 mm in Sullia, 146.9 mm in Belthangadi and108.7 mm in Puttur taluks during the last 24 hours ending on 8 am on Thursday.

Following heavy rain and increase in water level in rivers and rivulets, Puttur Assistant Commissioner has declared a holiday for schools, PU colleges and degree colleges in Puttur, Sullia, Belthangady and Kadaba taluks on Thursday (August 17).

In Bantwal, the tahsildar had declared a holiday for schools on August 16. In Mangaluru, the holiday was declared to the schools in the river proximity.

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